Shang-Chi Writer Gets An MCU Tattoo After Losing Bet With Director

After losing a bet with Destin Daniel Cretton about whether a certain Shang-Chi character would make it into the film, Dave Callahan gets a tattoo.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings writer Dave Callahan gets an MCU-themed tattoo after losing a bet with the film’s director, Destin Daniel Cretton. Marvel Studios’ 25th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a massive hit upon its release in September 2021. The film introduces audiences to the titular Master of Kung Fu (Simu Liu) as he combats his estranged father and his criminal organization of him, the Have Rings. In addition to Liu as Marvel’s first Asian lead, Shang Chi features a predominantly Asian and Asian-American cast including Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Benedict Wong, and Fala Chen. Before the gargantuan release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Shang Chi was the highest-grossing film of last year.

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Ace Shang Chi reframes Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin from iron Man 3 by introducing the real Mandarin in Wenwu (Tony Leung). In the film, it’s revealed that failed actor Trevor Slattery was taken captive by Shang Chi‘s father and forced to perform or be killed. When Shang-Chi, Katy (Awkwafina), and Xialing (Meng’er Zhang) stumble upon Trevor beneath Wenwu’s compound, they also meet his best friend Morris — the adorable, six-legged, faceless Dijiang who originates from the mystical city of Ta Lo and is inspired by the Chinese God of Chaos. Now, Cretton has revealed that Shang Chi‘s Morris appearance was a contentious issue.


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Cretton recently took to Instagram to reveal that screenwriter Callahan has to get a Morris tattoo after a “two-year bet.” When the pair came up with the idea to put the six-legged creature in Shang Chithey made a deal that if he wasn’t cut from the final edit, Callahan “would add him to his personal tattoo collection.” Now, the MCU writer has made good on his promise. Check out Cretton’s post below:

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On top of Morris providing essential to the progression of Shang Chi‘s plot, the pairing of him and Trevor in the second half of the film provided some great comic relief. In fact, it’s almost impossible to imagine a version of its final act without them. Given the film’s success and the popularity of its subject, it’s safe to say Callahan’s latest tattoo won’t be a regrettable one. In addition to Shang Chi‘s impressive box office run, the film earned the highest-rated audience score of any MCU project on Rotten Tomatoes, which has now been tied by No Way Home.


It has been announced that Cretton will return to direct Shang Chi 2 alongside Liu as his hero. Hopefully, whenever that film hits theaters, the world will once again be charmed by the adorable wonder that is Morris. The creature certainly earned his place among Marvel’s strange and beautiful side-kicks. Until then, the beloved Dijiang lives permanently in tattoo form on Callahan’s leg, as well as in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Disney+.

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